NWDA's decision to include all of their finding aids in ArchiveGrid complements the services they provide to their members and also provides a central harvesting location so they are automatically aggregated.
ArchiveGrid, currently available as a subscription service, is transitioning to a free discovery system that utilizes a new ArchiveGrid discovery interface developed by OCLC Research. Now freely available, this ArchiveGrid discovery service provides access to detailed archival collection descriptions and makes information available about historical documents, personal papers, family histories and other archival materials held in archives throughout the world. It includes over a million descriptions of archival collections held by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies and archives worldwide and enables researchers to learn about the contents of these collections, contact archives to arrange a visit to examine materials or order copies—all from one simple, intuitive search. Anyone seeking historical collections can use ArchiveGrid's powerful search engine and user-friendly interface to retrieve results that include the title of the collection, holding institution, brief description and a link to an extended description.
NWDA is a program of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of 37 academic libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho serving faculty and the equivalent of more than 258,000 full-time students through a number of programs, including NWDA. Access is facilitated through a union database of Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids.
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